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to the present sharia law and leadership of the, of the ayatollahs. >> how has president obama done handling the middle eastern sense? >> i think he's done quite well the last three weeks in handling the egyptian situation. at first, he and the secretary of state and the vice president were saying that mubarak was our friend, that we needed to have stability and that someday there might be a change there, and we trusted mubarak to make the changes. that was the first series of statements made by the president and all of his subordinates. but as the teems changed from -- times changed from one week to another, they became more and more supportive of the dissidents who were demonstrating against mubarak and then, finally, the president announced that he wanted to see the changes made to a democracy and freedom now. and that's when mubarak responded very angrily that he wouldn't respond to outside pressure. so i would, i would say that in general that obama has handled egypt very well, about the same way i would have handled it the same way if i were in office. [laughter] i probably would have
in 2006 and was reappointed to the commission in 2009 by president barack obama. previously commissioner mcdowell was senior vice president for the competitive telecommunications association otherwise known as contel and was responsible for advocacy efforts before congress and the white house, served on the north american numbering council and the board of directors of north american numbering plan -- >> if you keep going at that level of detail you're going to kill c-span's rating is a. they don't care about ratings. >> i'm going to stop. it is true. >> local member of the aaa. the american automobile association. >> i want to talk about some of the current hot topic policy issues or substantive basis but also want to talk about how the agency goes about its work. on the latter part about how the agency goes about its work, probably want to talk about how the commission functions or whether there's some institutional changes you might recommend and so forth. let's talk about these process issues first and also talk substantive of course. let's do it that way. you served as a commissione
. well, in the last two years in my view the obama administration has, in fact, laid out the framework and, thank you, blair, and the work that was done in the broadband plan and, thank you, larry, for what i think ntia is doing. we now have a notion of what we need to do for the future. and it is probably a good time to stop and think about the long now and think about this future because just as i think back in whatever that was, 80, whatever, that you wrote that report, i don't think as smart as he that he actually thought about that iphone. i actually don't think he did. i don't know that we had invented those things at the time. i don't know that we actually understood what 3d television would look like at the time. maybe we did in science fiction, but we had to set government policy in order to anticipate things that we actually didn't know were going to happen. we just knew that if we had the right resources and the right input out there, in the marketplace, that in this american economy with the free enterprise system that we have that this was going to happen. so where are we
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